Audio and Video Resources

This page offers additional resources for the study of Gustavus Vassa. The W. E. B. Du Bois lecture series provides an overview of some of the challenges to authenticity and identity levelled against Vassa and his autobiography. The video resources consist of videos about Vassa and his associates. The audio resources include an audio narration of the Interesting Narrative, performances dedicated to Vassa by Alexander D. Great and Jeff Gunn, and a radio program chronicling the churches Vassa visited in Great Britain.

The W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture Series

On April 16-18, 2019, Professor Paul E. Lovejoy presented the lecture series, “Equiano’s World - Beyond Slavery and Abolition,” at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University as part of the W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture Series. The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures recognize persons of outstanding achievement who have contributed to the understanding of African and African American life, history, and culture. The lectures were divided into three parts that were made available via live stream.

Audio Resources

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa [Audiobook]

Alexander D. Great’s “Equiano” Lyrics

Radio Program Chronicling the Churches Vassa Visited in Great Britain [Spoken Word]

"Equiano's Journey" is the seventh track on Jeff Gunn's debut solo guitar album, All The Roads We Take. The album is a collection of acoustic songs born from Jeff's travels as a musician, author and historian to more than 100 countries.

Video Resources

“A Son of Africa: The Slave Narrative of Olaudah Equiano” (1995) BBC Education

Amazing Grace (2006) Full Movie

BBC4 – The Extraordinary Equiano (2005)

Equiano & the Middle Passage

Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano in 60 Seconds

Olaudah Equiano Biography

Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa)

The Slave Narrative of Olaudah Equiano